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Invite to Hurriyat not appropriate: India tells Pakistan

New Delhi : India on Friday advised Pakistan that it would "not be appropriate" for Pakistan's National Security Advisor (NSA) Sartaj Aziz to meet with Hurriyat representatives in India.

The government's reaction comes ahead of the two-day NSA-level talks scheduled for August 23-24 here.

"India has advised Pakistan yesterday (Thursday) that it would not be appropriate for Sartaz Aziz to meet with Hurriyat representatives in India," external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Twitter.

Take 'Indian aggression' seriously: Pakistan leader

Islamabad : Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah has expressed concern over "growing Indian aggression" against Pakistan and urged the government to effectively raise the issue at international forums, media reported on Friday.

He criticised the ministry of foreign affairs for its alleged failure to take up the issue of India's continuing "interference" in Pakistan with the international community, Dawn online reported.

After Kashmir row, Pakistan axes Commonwealth meet

Islamabad : Pakistan on Thursday refused to host the 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference after declining to change its stance on not inviting the speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly.

The announcement was made by National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq, who said Pakistan would not compromise on its stand on Jammu and Kashmir which it considers a disputed territory.

India had threatened to boycott the meet, scheduled here from September 30 to October 8, if an invite was not extended to the Jammu and Kashmir assembly Speaker, Kavinder Gupta.

Delhi most unsafe for foreigners, reveals NCRB data

By Rajnish Singh

New Delhi : Delhi is among the most unsafe places for foreigners in India with 164 cases of heinous crimes registered here in 2014, the latest data released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) has revealed. Of the 164 foreigners targeted, 135 were tourists.

Goa follows close on the heels of the national capital with 73 cases, while Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan follow with 66, 59 and 36 cases respectively.

India, Pakistan must jointly battle terror: Mufti

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Thursday urged India and Pakistan to work out a joint strategy to combat terrorism in the region.

Accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, Sayeed visited the northern border town of Uri and walked up to the 'Aman Setu' (Peace Bridge) connecting the Indian and Pakistan administered Kashmir.

The gesture comes at a time when Indian and Pakistani troops have been locked in gun battles along the Line of Control (LoC) which divides Jammu and Kashmir between the two countries.

'Sartaj Aziz will meet Hurriyet leaders in New Delhi'

Islamabad: Pakistan's national security advisor Sartaj Aziz will meet Hurriyat Conference leaders during the two-day meeting of the National Security Advisors (NSA) of the two countries in New Delhi beginning on Sunday, a top official said.

Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah made the announcement during the weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Radio Pakistan reported.

The Hurriyat leaders have been invited to attend the reception on Sunday being hosted by Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi Abdul Basit in honour of Aziz and his delegation.

No trade with India unless relations improve: Pakistani minister

Islamabad: Pakistani Federal Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has ruled out trade with India “unless diplomatic relations” improve between them, the media reported on Thursday.

The minister on Wednesday said that Pakistan neither had any dialogue nor any trade progress with India since 2014, Dawn online reported.

He said Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz would visit India for security talks on August 23 and hoped that diplomatic relations with New Delhi would improve as a result of the visit.

Seven jihadis stopped from leaving Australia

Sydney: Seven young Australian jihadis on their way to enlist with terrorists in the Middle East were intercepted at the Sydney airport, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton announced on Thursday.

A group of five suspected militants were stopped at the Sydney airport on August 12, with two of the five attempting to leave again the next day, The Australian reported.

Modi's UAE visit a wake-up call for Pakistan: Daily

Islamabad: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the UAE should be a wake-up call for Pakistan as "India is on the move in the region", said a leading Pakistani daily on Thursday.

An editorial in the Dawn said that Modi’s August 16-17 visit to the United Arab Emirates, and the joint communiqué issued afterwards, "should be nothing less than a wake-up call for Pakistan".

Hope NSA meet brings positive results: Pakistani daily

Islamabad: It is vital that Islamabad and New Delhi discover means to lessen tensions, a Pakistani daily said Thursday, hoping that the meeting between their national security advisors will bring positive results.

An editorial headlined "Border trouble" in the News International said that the animosity between Pakistan and India has continued to grow, adding that the lack of stability in "a volatile part of the world is of course something that will cause alarm in many capitals".

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